Archive for the ‘sketches’ Category
I have a weird set of beliefs when it comes to sketchbooks.
1. A new year = a new sketchbook.
Whether it’s September or January; a new year equals a new book. Even if the last one would not be filled from cover to cover. (Luckily, I managed to do that this year, my last sketchbook was an expensive Moleskine, it would have been such a waste).
2. The first drawing is vital.
I will only feel comfortable with my new sketchbook when the first drawing turns out OK (Luckily, I was quite satisfied with this dog). If I mess up that first drawing, I tend to dislike my new sketchbook and will chuck it out eventually.
3. A sketchbook determines the look and feel of all the sketches in it.
I have the feeling that a sketchbook can determine a ‘mood’ and that drawings that were created within the same book will have a similar feel or atmosphere to them.
4. Handmade sketchbooks are the best
I made this one in December. I used Marpa Jansen brown paper (24x34cm, 100g/m2) and I’ve hand sewn it. It’s easier than you think. Maybe next time I’ll do a post on how to sew your own booklet.
With special thanks to my teacher, Vera, who told me (over and over again) I would not regret putting more time and effort into the study of hands.
And when I finally listened I discovered she was right (as good teachers always are). So from now on, no more hands in pockets or hidden behind backs, but hands showing five digits, out in the open!
o = overgetekend (copied from someone else’s drawings)
z = zelf (studied from my own left hand)
“Vong Phu” is the tale of a simple, sad woman, waiting for her husband to return. Every day she climbs a mountain with her son to look out for him, but every evening they descend again, as he is nowhere to be seen. After years and years of patience and determination, finally the woman and her son turn into a mountain. Seems like a very sad ending, but actually it’s a beautiful story.